The $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes will run as Race 8 on today’s card at Fair Grounds.
The event for 4-year-old and up fillies and mares covers 5 1/2 furlongs on turf and is set to include names like Into Mystic, Elle Z, and Dalika among the field of ten.
Here is a look at the top names set for the Mardi Gras Stakes:
Betting Preview: Into Mystic, Elle Z
The morning-line favorite coming in at 9/5 is Into Mystic, owned by Chris George Coleman and Brad King. The 5-year-old mare from Into Mischief is trained by Brendan Walsh.
She has a career record of 5-3-3 from 16 starts and earnings of $325,273. In 2021, the runner has one victory from one outing.
That win came in the Jan. 9 Nelson J. Menard Memorial Stakes (Black Type) at Fair Grounds, where she registered a 103 Speed Figure. To close out her 2020 campaign, she took second in the Dec. 5 Pan Zareta Stakes (Black Type) at the track. The runner’s other performances include a 12th-place finish in the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) and second in the Oct. 9 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.
Into Mystic will break from post 1 under rider Adam Beschizza.
She will be up against M Bar O’s Elle Z, who is coming in at 7/2. The 4-year-old City Zip filly is trained by Chris Harman.
She is 4-1-0 from eight career starts with earnings of $146,024. She has one second-place run from one outing this year.
That performance came in the Nelson J. Menard, where she registered a 101 Speed Figure. She scored the Dec. 5 Pan Zareta ahead of Into Mystic at the track to close out her 2020 season.
Elle Z will break from post 2 under rider Mitchell Murrill.
Betting Preview: Dalika
Another runner to look out for is the 6/1 Dalika, owned by Bal Mar Equine. The 5-year-old mare from Pastorious is trained by Albert M. Stall, Jr.
She is 6-4-0 from 18 career starts with earnings of $398,005. In 2021, she has one win from two outings.
Last time out, she took the Feb. 13 Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds, registering a 106 Speed Figure. She finished fifth in the Marie G. Kranz Memorial Stakes (Black Type) and closed out her 2020 campaign with a victory in the Dec. 19 Blushing K. D. Stakes (Black Type) at the track.
Dalika will break from post 3 under rider Gerard Melancon.
The rest of the field (post, jockey) is set to include: Ready for Change (post 4, F. Geroux); Winning Envelope (post 5, M. Pedroza); Change of Control (post 6, C. J. Hernandez); She’s My Gem (post 7, J. Graham); Jeanie B (post 8, B. J. Hernandez, Jr.); In Good Spirits (post 9, M. Mena); and Misty Day (post 10, D. Saenz).
Free Betting Pick
Coming in at 6/1, Bal Mar Equine’s Dalika is a good choice that could provide a solid payout. The runner already has one win this year in the Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes at the track, and she will need to demonstrate that same speed this time around.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Dalika
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